We had the good fortune of connecting with ANNETTE WILSON and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi ANNETTE, what role has risk played in your life or career?
We take risk everyday when we leave our homes not knowing if we will return home safe and sound. I took a huge risk when I relocated from Buffalo, NY to Atlanta Georgia. I was an actress performing in the Theater but I knew I could do more and I wanted to do more.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My artistic resume has grown over the last two years. I have added Author, Director and Scriptwriter to the list. When COVID hit in 2020 it shut down everything. I took that opportunity to continue writing and to perfect my writing skills.
When you ask others to collaborate with them and they ignore you, don’t give up. I have gotten where I am today by my personality, my work ethic and my creativity.
I want the world to know that I am a person who’s motto is when you succeed we all succeed. If I can’t help you, I will direct you to someone who can. I don’t compete with anyone, I celebrate and cheer for all those in this field.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
When guests come to town to visit me, it’s the blind leading the blind. I’m still learning my way around the Georgia area. I have only been here 2 1/2 years and my GPS is my best friend when I’m in the car. But if you like seafood, I can get you to my favorite spot, THE CRAB POT LOUNGE and then you can dance it off next door at GROWN FOLKS CAFE & BAR.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First and foremost I thank my heavenly father up above for bestowing upon me all my gifts. I thank my daughter Alexis Blackwell and my son Alex Christian for putting up with my busy schedule when I first starting acting on stage at the Paul Robeson Theater in Buffalo, NY. and they still support me till this day.
I could give you a list of others, but I know I need to keep it short. As far as the mentorship, there are two people that I have to give a shout out to from back home in NY. Mary Craig is one of them, she is a phenomenal actress, director and friend. She knew how to pull a character out of me. The other is Paulette Harris, she made me step out of my comfort zone and audition for roles that I thought I couldn’t handle.
My support system from back home in NY includes Veda Pierce, Barbara Jones, Debbie Davis, Shirley Crawley and Allen Knight. My support system here in Georgia includes Tobias Sansbury and Letitia Wise. I have to say the person who I count on for mentorship here in Atlanta. GA is Chuck Brown, he keeps me focused and encourages me to keep going. I saved the best for last, my biggest supporter is my husband Mervin L. Wilson.
DWAYNE BOYD PHOTOGRAPHY